Active Adults Ages 55+
We are excited to offer programs, events and activities tailored to Active Adults 55+ which encourage healthy and active living. A membership to the Community Center or the Senior Club is NOT required for the majority of activities and programs. IF membership is required for either, it IS noted with the specific activity or event.
Most of our activities, programs and events are located at the Veterans Memorial Community Center in Community Room 2 (8055 Barbara Ave. E., Inver Grove Heights, 55077).
Learn more about the IGH Senior Club below, which is a membership club with annual fees. Senior Club members enjoy discounts on many programs and events, as well as additional program and event opportunities tailored to members.
Jen Graham, Recreation Coordinator, can be reached at 651-450-2580, or email@example.com.
Active Adults 55+ Newsletter
Check out the latest Scoop Newsletter, which highlights activities for the next Quarter:
- Scoop July - September 2019
Below, are a few additional publications which provide information about Active Adult 55 + programs, events and services:
Scoop Newsletter-Changes for 2019
Starting January 2019, the Parks & Recreation Department will no longer require a subscription or fee to receive the newsletter by mail. This change has been made to provide information to adults and seniors free of charge as well as to increase access to information about Inver Grove Heights Active Adult programs. Individuals who currently have a Scoop subscription will automatically continue to receive the newsletter by mail quarterly.
If you do not receive the newsletter and would like to, contact Parks & Recreation at 651-450-2585.
Looking for great camaraderie and fun? The senior club is a group that offers all of that through programs, weekly card games, monthly luncheons and more!
Membership is $8 for the year, which includes discounts on Club activities organized by volunteer members. The membership cycle is Jan.-Dec. Club activities are held at Veterans Memorial Community Center, Community Room 2.
Note: You do not have to be a senior club member to do other Active Adult 55+ programs, events and activities.
Monthly Luncheons with Entertainment
Held the third Monday of every month from Noon to 2 p.m. in Community Room 2:
- Register by phone: 651-450-2585
Weekly Card Games (no need to register. Simply show up!)
- 500: Mondays at 1 p.m.
- Penny Bingo: Third Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m.
- Bridge: Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m.
- Euchre: Thursdays at 1 p.m.
Simley High School, South St. Paul High School, Henry Sibley High School and the Veteran's Memorial Community Center (West Rink)* will be open for indoor walking.
Walking buttons can be purchased which will be good through May 31, 2019.**
VMCC, West Rink: Mon.-Fri.: 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; $5
High Schools: Mon.-Thu.: 5-9 p.m.; $5
**Walking buttons can be purchased at IGH Park & Recreation Office, the 197 School District Office, the Thompson Activity Center (WSP) or at the Central Square Community Center. Walking buttons should be worn when participating.
Explore different locations and experience arts, culture and camaraderie all in a day! Check out the current destinations and make sure to register to save a spot!
Some trips are planned in collaboration with other communities and include additional pick-up sites. Where you register is where you will board the bus. If you want to depart from Inver Grove Heights, visit the Parks and Recreation Office to register.
Please arrive to the pick up location (where you registered) 15-20 minutes before the listed trip departure time.
No refunds will be issued after the registration deadline.
2019 Day Trips
Check back soon, we are adding April-August trips soon!
A number of programs are available that cover a variety of topics. Learn more below, Including dates, times and cost.
Visit the Pickleball page for details on indoor and outdoor pickleball.
DRIVER SAFETY: 55+ CLASS
A state-approved accident prevention course taught by the MN Highway Safety & Research Center. Persons ages 55 and older who complete the course also qualify for a 10% discount on their auto insurance premiums for three years*.
*First time participants must complete the 8-hour initial course. Then the 4-hour Refresher Course must be taken every three years to maintain the 10% discount.
All classes are held at the Veterans Memorial Community Center, 8055 Barbara Ave. E., Inver Grove Heights, 55077
8-hour Initial Course - $26:
- Wed., June 19 & Thu., June 20: 5:30-9:30 p.m. each night (must attend BOTH sessions)
4-hour Refresher Course - $22:
- Tue., April 9: 1-5 p.m.
- Wed., April 17: 5:30-9:30 p.m.
- Tue., May 14: 1-5 p.m.
- Wed., May 22: 5:30-9:30 p.m.
- Tue., June 11: 1-5 p.m.
- Tue., July 11: 1-5 p.m.
For more information and to register, visit www.mnsafetycenter.org, or call 1-888-234-1294.
METRO DINING CLUB CARDS
Dining Club cards are discount cards to restaurants in the St. Paul area. Many cards include "2-for-1" dining offers, which means you and a guest could go out for breakfast, lunch or dinner and order from the regular menu and receive the second entrée “on the house.”
Pick up a box of 165 cards for $25 now through the end of December. Boxes are sold at the Park and Recreation Office and at Guest Services, both located in the Veterans Memorial Community Center at 8055 Barbara Ave, Inver Grove Heights, 55077.
History Book Club
Every fourth Monday of the month from 10 to 11 a.m., the History Book Club meets to discuss different books selected ahead of time. This is a free, drop-in group, no registration is required.
For more information or to offer book suggestions, contact Barbara Eschle by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 651-450-6879.
Pen Pals Program (DARTS)
For 21 years, DARTS Learning Buddies Program has helped match community members with elementary and middle school classrooms, including those in Inver Grove Heights, to enhance students reading, math, and science skills while becoming an intergenerational friend.
The Pen Pals Program specifically matches adults with a 2nd or 3rd grader and they exchange monthly letters from October through May. Then, in the spring, they meet in person at the school to connect and wrap up the year.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Erin Walloch, Program Manager at DARTS, (651) 234-2227 or by email at Erin.Walloch@darts1.org.
UCare Member Discounts
UCare for Seniors members and EssentialCare members are eligible for one $15 discount per calendar year on most community education/recreation programs including trips! Members simply showe their UCare ID card when registering for the trip/class to receive the discount. Members must be enrolled with UCare at the time of the trip/class to receive the discount. UCare Choices and Fairview Choices members are not eligible for the $15 class discount. Other restrictions may apply.
Happy Feet Foot Services - $38
Relax and enjoy a half hour of pampering every fourth Tuesday of the month! A nurse will provide a foot soak, nail trim, foot massage and foot treatment.
To schedule an appointment, call 763-560-5136.
Free Blood Pressure Checks
Stop by on the third Friday of every month in the lobby of the Grove Aquatic & Fitness Center for a Free blood pressure check provide by HealthEast.
Below are some great opportunities to check out exciting events happening in IGH.
Healthy Living Fair
*Formerly the Active Aging Fair
This great event provides access to local vendors with information on adult health, wellness, housing, transition, financial planning and more will be available to visit. Learn more about healthy living and resources available in your area and hear from a number of fantastic Guest Speakers! Also, try a fitness class for Free that morning. To see a list of classes go to www.invergroveheights.org/groupfitness.
Vendor booths will be set-up in the National Guard Gymnasium at the Community Center. Guest Speakers will be in conference rooms.
Event is FREE and open to the public! Visit the event page for more details, including information for Vendor registration.
GUEST SPEAKERS SERIES
Educational opportunities to learn more about a wide variety of topics. Check back often for updates.
Check back soon, April-August 2019 speakers will be added soon